Monday, August 30, 2010

Accents Publishing

So it was announced that Accents Publishing will be releasing my chapbook, Of a Bed Frame! They're a great small press. We met with Katerina Stoykova-Klemer on pure luck (she was visiting her brother in law). Such a kind editor. Her plan is to have the chap be out by AWP and let me give a book signing. How exciting!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prop 8 Unconstitutional!

I would like to join in the celebration of California's Proposition 8 being found unconstitutional. Here's to Judge Vaughn Walker for just some of the following:

"Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment. Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents." (page 93)

"Relative gender composition aside, same-sex couples are situated identically to opposite-sex couples in terms of their ability to perform the rights and obligations of marriage under California law. Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals." (page 113)

"In the absence of a rational basis, what remains of proponents' case is an inference, amply supported by evidence in the record, that Proposition 8 was premised on the belief that same-sex couples simply are not as good as opposite-sex couples. Whether that belief is based on moral disapproval of homosexuality, animus towards gays and lesbians or simply a belief that a relationship between a man and a woman is inherently better than a relationship between two men or two women, this belief is not a proper basis on which to legislate." (page 132)

While there are lots more things I would like to say regarding this issue, I'll let joy be the overwhelming emotion here.

Submission Frenzy

I've been noticing more and more that with the end of each semester I get more ambitious with submitting my work. Perhaps this means I should teach on the quarter system? Hopefully there will be good news to post here soon. I can say I have a poem upcoming in Red Lion Sq. More on that when it arrives.